Ms. Cara, Teacher
I would like to take this opportunity to introduce myself, as the teacher at The Little Schoolhouse. My name is Cara Haar and I have lived in Bragg Creek for most of my life. We chose to live out here to raise our four children in this beautiful, small community close to the mountains.
I am very interested in working with young children, scaffolding and facilitating their development and growth. I believe in a child-centered learning environment with strong parental involvement and connections within the community. In past work experience, I taught kindergarten in a special needs environment with a focus on individualized instruction and learning through play.
I am incredibly creative, passionate and committed to early childhood education. In my studies for my Masters degree at the University of Calgary, I explored all facets of the Reggio Emilia approach to the education of young children. As a culmination of these studies, I travelled to Italy to observe and reflect on their pedagogy of learning and practice. This child-centered, project based philosophy will be an asset to the early school experiences for children at the Little Schoolhouse. My presence in the classroom as a leader and motivator is what challenges me to teach to each child's potential. I am looking forward to another great year!
Cara Haar, M.Ed.
My name is Helen Cirin. My family and I moved to Canada in 2008 from the UK, where I was a Paediatric nurse. I have had many years experience working with young children with various needs and their families. I now live with my husband and 2 children in West Bragg Creek. We enjoy hiking and skiing, and love it here! I am looking forward to another great year at The Little Schoolhouse!
My name is Kathy Gelinas and I have been working with young children in preschools and daycares for several years. I am excited to be back in the classroom this year at The Little Schoolhouse. My family and I live in Cochrane and enjoy everything about the outdoors. That's why working in this community seems like the perfect fit. I cannot wait for the year ahead!
Catherine Watson, Administrator
My name is Catherine Watson and I have worked at the Little Schoolhouse for the past six years as the Administrator and Director of Education for BCESA. I have a deep understand of the educational system and working with teachers, staff, board members and parents. I am also a Teacher in Calgary, a mother of two, and a huge community supporter for both Bragg Creek and Redwood Meadows.
My name is Michelle Thompson and I am so happy to be part of the Little Schoolhouse in an administrative role. I have been part of the school since 2005 and both of my children have attended the preschool and kindergarten programs. I live with my family in Redwood Meadows and we love working, going to school and volunteering in our beautiful community.
My name is Kristyn and I have been part of the Little Schoolhouse for many years. All three of my children have attended the school and I have served on the Executive Board a number of times. I now excited to move into a role that works closely with the Teachers and Administrative staff. My family and I have lived in Bragg Creek area for over 10 years and I have been very active on other community boards.